Seafood is an integral part of Outer Banks culture, to say the least. More than just a popular dining option, seafood has played an important role in both the history of North Carolina’s barrier islands and their current state. To experience this essential (and delicious!) aspect of Outer Banks culture, head to Nags Head with the family and attend the annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival! Taking place each year in October, this tasty festival is the perfect fall event to include on your next OBX vacation. As you plan your trip, be sure to take a look at our free Vacation Guide for more things to do!  

Your Guide to the Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Music, Food, & Events

One of the region’s most anticipated events, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival takes place in Nags Head, North Carolina, each year in October. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the Opening Ceremony begins at 11:50 a.m. The schedule is loaded with great concerts from artists like The Main Event Band, The Jones Sisters, the Dr. Tom Band featuring Leslie Buck, and the No More Room Band.

Savory seafood will be provided throughout the day, courtesy of some of the best local restaurants. Wash down your meal with a delicious brew from outstanding local breweries, including the Outer Banks Brewing Station! Make sure you vote for the People’s Choice Award for “Best Local Dish!”

In addition to food and music, the festival also features cooking demos, cook-offs, and local educational, artisan, and non-profit vendors. Visit their booths, and learn more about Outer Banks culture and how you can be involved! A full list of vendors can be found online.


The festival offers plenty of fun for a budget-friendly price. Outer Banks Seafood Festival tickets are only $5! Children under 12 get in for free, and the ticket price includes shuttle transportation, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and more. Food, beverages, and merchandise are available for purchase with SeaBucks. Each SeaBuck is equivalent to $1, and they can be purchased online or at the festival.

More Information About the Festival

Festival parking, sponsors, directions, and much more can be found online. If you have questions, contact the Outer Banks Seafood Festival by calling (252) 441-8144 or messaging the staff on the Festival website. The festival will be held at 6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959.

Where to Stay During the Outer Banks Seafood Festival

If you don’t live near Nags Head but you’re planning to attend the festival, don’t settle for hotel accommodations. Instead, opt for one of the excellent Outer Banks vacation homes offered by Shoreline OBX. When you choose one of our OBX vacation rentals, you’re choosing the best option for lodging in the area. Our vacation homes feature all the space you need, whether room for a group of four or 14. Enjoy amenities like private pools, hot tubs, game rooms, well-equipped kitchens, and much more. Plus, who doesn’t want to wake up and walk outside, right onto the beach?

Browse our selection of Nags Head vacation homes, and make sure you download our free Outer Banks vacation guide. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today, online or by calling (800) 449-2036.